Poster design by Annie Han, photo by Christopher Huang

Pete Shungu, featured in Anomaly on trumpet and spoken word, and band Afro D All Starz will be performing live in NYC the evening of the Loving Day Flagship Celebration. Come to the CD release party for their new album, “Strength in Numbers.” Afro D All Starz is a 12-piece live band, blending hip hop, jazz and soul — socially-conscious, community-minded, music for the people.

Details:

Saturday, June 15

Doors at 7:30, music from 8-10pm

Free show!

Shrine World Music Venue

2271 Adam Clayton Powell (7th Ave.), Harlem, NY

More info: www.afrodallstarz.com

Anomaly is a proud Community Partner of the 10th annual Loving Day Flagship Celebration in NYC! The event celebrates the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage in the U.S. The event is open to the public, rain or shine, and includes community info booths and free barbecue. Enjoy a summer day along the East River and come to the Anomaly table!

Loving Day NYC 2013

In 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving left Virginia to get married in Washington, D.C., which did not have laws against interracial marriage. After they had returned home to Virginia, they were arrested for living as an interracial couple. In a long battle, lawyers from the ACLU presented their case to the Supreme Court, which ruled that “under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides within the individual and cannot be infringed on by the State.”

Join Anomaly at our table at Loving Day NYC on June 15th! If you are in other areas, check out the event listings for celebrations in Denver, New Orleans, Chicago, Los Angeles and many more! Or, host your own Loving Day celebration in your local community. However you celebrate, remember our rights to freely chose whom we befriend and love.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to Yayoi Lena Winfrey of Watermelon Sushi and Hip Hapa Homeez. For her monthly feature interview on Watermelon Sushi World, Yayoi recently interviewed Anomaly’s director, Jessica Chen Drammeh, about growing up multiracial, the filmmaking process, and Anomaly. Here’s a couple excerpts from “Anomalies R Us”:

Q: Your film seems so thorough and not just the usual angst about “What am I?” Did you first develop a script, or was it your interviewees that made it less emotional and more intellectual?

A: While making the film, we developed an “interactive” process of sorts, where we would shoot, edit, and then have work-in-progress screenings for feedback. We’d repeat this process over several stages. Many filmmakers don’t like to do this because it risks changing the vision of the film too early!

We wanted community participation, in fact…Developing a rapport with the participants was fundamental, because we wanted to get a real look at their personal lives…We also had the insight of veteran filmmaker/professor Sam Pollard, who became a consulting editor to the project.

Read more of the interview at Watermelon Sushi World!

And, if you are in the NYC area, don’t forget about our screening on May 12 with Gabriella Callender performing live!

For all of our Brooklyn and NYC-area friends and community, please save the date of May 12th for a screening with the Filmwax Film Series: eclectic films by local filmmakers. The event will include special appearances by Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh and Anomaly subject Gabriella Callender, who will perform live at the screening! Gabriella is a singer-songwriter from Hollis, Queens, and part of the trio, Mahina Movement.

The event is co-sponsored by Loving Day, which fights racial prejudice through education and builds multicultural community. Loving Day commemorates Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in the US. Host a Loving Day Celebration, or attend one of ours! http://www.lovingday.org

Date: Saturday, May 12

Time: 7pm

Admission: $7 tickets available at the door

Location: Two Moon Cafe, 315 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (R train to Union Street or 9th Street, F or G to 4th Avenue)

View event/RSVP on Facebook

We are thrilled and honored that we acquired a release to incorporate Joe Bataan’s song, “Ordinary Guy (Afro Filipino),” in the soundtrack of Anomaly. Back in the 60s and 70s, long before mixed heritage identity came into public awareness, Joe Bataan was singing about his Afro-Filipino roots!

“Don’t know much about psychology
My degrees are in streetology
Ordinary, ordinary guy
Afro Filipino, average sort of guy…”

If you’re in New York, catch him at Central Park’s Summerstage!

Joe Bataan, called the “King of Latin Soul,” was influenced by the melodic sounds of doo-wop and the energy of Latin music that were the hallmarks of his Spanish Harlem neighborhood.

Joe Bataan at Central Park Summerstage, NYC
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011 @ 7pm
Joe Bataan / Johnny Colon / DJ Turmix / Screening: “We Like It Like That – The Story of Latin Boogaloo”
http://www.summerstage.org

 

Myong and Michelle Myers, participants in Anomaly

We are going bi-coastal this month! Spread the word to your friends and networks and join us at one of these two screenings:

LA: Feb. 15, 3:30pm
* WEST COAST PREMIERE *
Pan African Film Festival

The Los Angeles-based PAFF is the largest film festival in the U.S. dedicated to the exhibition of Black films. Last year, more than 40,000 people viewed films made in the U.S., Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Latin America and Canada. This is Jessica’s second film to premiere at the Pan African Film Festival.

>When: Monday, February 15 at 3:30pm
>Where: Culver Plaza Theaters in Culver City, CA, www.culverplazatheatres.com
>For more info, check out http://www.paff.org/2010/01/anomaly/

NYC: Feb. 21, 2pm
* BROOKLYN PREMIERE *
Best of the African Diaspora Film Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

 Hot off its world premiere in December, the ADFF has selected Anomaly to be screened in a “best of” series at BAM. We are delighted to be showcased with the ADFF to reach even more New York City audiences in BAM’s lovely theaters! Director will attend. Anomaly will be the third film in the “Identity Stories” program after Visibly Invisible and Making History.

>When: Sunday, February 21 at 2pm
>Where: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY, www.bam.org
>Tickets: General Admission: $12; Seniors, Children, & Students: $9; BAM Cinema Club Members: $8
>For more info, check out http://nyadff.org/BestofADFF_10.html and http://bam.org/view.aspx?pid=1878
>For tickets and directions, go to http://www.movietickets.com/pre_purchase.asp?house_id=5311&movie_id=87918&showdate=14

We have a few cool links to share related to Anomaly’s world premiere Dec. 1 & 9 at the African Diaspora Film Festival:

-Check out the ADFF festival trailer, Anomaly is featured circa :37

-Thanks to Kasmore Rhedrick at Arts Engine, for his Three Qs and the Truth series

http://mediarights.org/news/three_qs_and_the_truth_anomaly

-Finally, a special thanks to our long-time community friends at Loving Day for Facebook, Twitter, and email updates

http://www.facebook.com/n/?note.php&note_id=189687771363&mid=179f1c6G57b27dddG118e6bdGa

Spread the word and see you tomorrow night at the theater!

Anomaly will world premiere at the ADFF

Anomaly will make its film festival world premiere at the 17th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival, held Nov. 27-Dec. 15, 2009 in New York City. The African Diaspora Film Festival presents an eclectic mix of urban, classic, independent and foreign films that depict the richness and diversity of the life experience of people of African descent and Indigenous people from all over the world. In total, the festival will showcase 101 films from 46 countries.

Anomaly screening times will be:

Tuesday, December 1, 5:50pm at Anthology Film Archives, 2nd St. and 2nd Ave., Manhattan

Wednesday, December 9, 7:30pm at Cowin Center, Columbia University Teachers College, 525 W. 120th St., Manhattan

View the film’s page on the festival website at:

http://nyadff.org/Anomaly.htm

Anomaly is part of the “Identity” program:

http://nyadff.org/Identity%20program.htm

Purchase tickets through this link (scroll halfway down to “Identity”):

http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=192015

There will be a Q&A afterwards with Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh, and guest appearances by characters & crew from the film.

See you there!